The energy price increases are affecting all of us and are having the greatest impact on those for whom energy costs form a greater proportion of their income.
As the 1st April 2022 approaches, and the new prices kick in, there are a couple of things to consider:
Not on a smart meter? Have you given your energy supplier an actual meter reading recently? If not, make sure you send them a meter reading on or before the 31st March. This will ensure that any usage is charged at the old rate. Otherwise you may end up paying more.
On a ‘non-smart’ pre-payment meter? The rates on your meter shouldn’t increase until you add more credit. This means that if you add additional money on to your meter on or before 31st March 2022 this will charge your use at the old rate until you top up again. Remember that the units will be ‘re-priced’ on your meter when you top up after 1st April, even if you still have credit.
We understand that this won’t work if your supplier is Scottish Power.
Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert website explains this well. You can find the link here.
Concerned about ability to pay? If you’re concerned about how you’re going to be able to pay your energy bills, or if you’ve built up a debt, its really important to contact your energy supplier, let them know, and ask them to work with you to find an affordable solution. The energy companies are obliged, under Ofgem regulations, to take affordability into account.
Reducing your energy usage. For those of us in a position where we could use less, this is worth considering. The amount of energy consumed, particularly during peak periods, puts pressure on energy supply and on the prices. This is particularly true in the period between 16:00 and 20:00 each day. Try less energy intensive methods of cooking food such as microwaves (reduced cooking times) and slow cooking (much lower power use over a longer period).
If you’re interested in understanding how to use a slow cooker get in touch. We’re working with Learn Devon to put on more courses.
If you are struggling, and need help with your energy management, do call or email us at Tamar Energy Community (TEC) on 0800-233-5414 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have an online request form here: https://tamarenergycommunity.com/request-support/